Who Do You Say That I Am?

By Crystal Sullivan

Who do people say that I am?
Who do you say that I am?

When Simon answers Jesus’ question in today’s gospel, he wins the jackpot – the promise that his faith will be the cornerstone of the Church that Jesus’ followers established after his death. Simon’s name change to Peter is symbolic of the transformation that occurs when we come to understand and proclaim who Jesus is in our lives. When we move from identifying who he is by what others say about him, to what we learn of him through our own experience. 
As you begin a new school year, I invite you to seek that journey yourself. Imagine Jesus asking you the question - “who do you say that I am?” Seek the answers by trying new activities and reflecting on how you see and experience God every day – in the people you meet, in the challenge of new courses, in hard questions, in moments of solitude, in moments of joy, in your hopes for the future, in how you
discover the call to make a difference in the world around you, in what you learn from people who are different from you. A little bit of awareness each day can change your perspective, and over time, strengthen your faith and commitment as a disciple, just like Peter.
On behalf of the entire Campus Ministry team, I welcome you – new and returning students - and invite you to try one of the many opportunities we have in Campus Ministry to deepen your relationship with God and to discover the transformative power of Christ in your daily life. Welcome Home Flyers!

Crystal Sullivan
Executive Director Campus Ministry
University of Dayton
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